ACDP welcomes education changes

2010-07-07 15:08

Cape Town - The African Christian Democratic Party on Wednesday added its voice to those welcoming the changes to the education curriculum announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday.

"The ACDP is elated at the announcement that the outcomes-based education (OBE) system will be overhauled," spokesperson Cheryllyn Dudley said.

OBE had a disastrous track record and once again proved to be a failure as young people left school totally unprepared for further education or to contribute in the marketplace.

The dismally low matric pass rate - 62.5% in 2008 and 60.6% in 2009 - spoke volumes.

"The ACDP welcomes the proposed changes, which aim to ensure the workload on teachers and pupils is more realistic and expects the promised streamlining and simplification of the administrative system for teachers - necessary to free up time for teaching - to impact positively on future results," she said.

The ACDP hoped these improvements would begin to turn the tide in the education of future and present generations of all South Africans.

Milestone achievement

The incorporation of mother-tongue language as a medium of instruction in the first three years of learning was a milestone achievement in the advancement of early childhood development.

"The ACDP congratulates Minister Motshekga and government for being willing to acknowledge the problems linked to the OBE system and for taking urgent and radical steps to address them," Dudley said.

On Tuesday, Motshekga said the new curriculum, Schooling 2025, would replace the highly criticised OBE system introduced in 1998.

However, counter to teachers' union demands, she said OBE would not be completely scrapped, but modified to improve the performance of pupils.

Admitting that the old curriculum had major problems, Motshekga said the department was reviewing the design and methodology of the OBE system.

"We have and will continue to make changes on an ongoing basis where they can be made with minimal disruption. We expect better outcomes from the system."

Some of the changes in the system included the reduction of the number of projects for pupils.

Every subject in each grade would have its own concise curriculum, mapping out what teachers had to teach and assess.